BAFTA Gala: Michael J. Standing ovation for Fox

In addition to this year's winners, yesterday's ceremony at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) was Michael J Fox's evening. The actor, who suffers from Parkinson's disease (“Back to the Future”), presented the most important award (“Best Picture”) to “Oppenheimer” producer Emma Thomas and director Christopher Nolan. hug

When BAFTA presenter David Tennant (“Doctor Who”) described Fox as a “true cinematic legend” on stage at London's Royal Festival Hall, the audience responded with thunderous applause. The 62-year-old, who rarely appears in public anymore, arrived in a wheelchair but insisted on standing up to announce the prize winner.

“Audiences were stunned when she appeared at a British awards ceremony for the first time in more than 30 years,” the Daily Mail reported, among other things, “bringing the audience to tears.” Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at the age of 29. Dealing with the disease, made public in 1998, was the subject of the BAFTA-nominated film “Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie” is also the focus.

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Michael J. Fox with his wife Tracy Bolan

Seven BAFTAs for “Oppenheimer.”

Ukrainian film “20 Days in Mariupol” by Mstyslav Chernov was chosen as the best documentary. This time, most of the BAFTAs went to “Oppenheimer”. Physicist and creator of atomic bomb J. The biographical film about Robert Oppenheimer was nominated in 13 categories and won seven awards. “All of Us Strangers” with six nominations and “Barbie” and “Saltburn” came up empty-handed with five nominations each.

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